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Upgraded Hetauda Hospital draws more patients

- PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA,

Apr 9, 2019-

Once termed as ‘refer centre’ for its inability to provide health services in case of serious illness, patient flow has surged in Hetauda Hospital of late after the health institution improved its services.

While most of the government hospitals in the country are riddled with various problems including shortage of human resource, Hetauda Hospital has done an exemplary work to provide quality health care services to the people.

The hospital has initiated providing specialist health care services after it upgraded its capacity from 25 beds to 120. The hospital started ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) treatment from Monday. Even surgeries of ear, nose and threat are now possible in the hospital itself, said Dr Hari Bahadur Khadka, the chief at the hospital.  

The Hetauda Hospital Development Committee said that the number of patients has increased significantly in the past one year. “About 100 patients used to visit the hospital for health check-up daily until a year ago. The number has reached jumped to nearly 400 now,” said Prakash Paudel, chief of the committee.

Until a year ago, local residents had to travel either to Chitwan or Kathmandu in case of major illnesses. But today people of Makwanpur and other adjoining districts throng at Hetauda Hospital for treatment.

The committee claimed that a huge number of patients from Bara, Parsa, Rautahat and Lothar and Piple area of Chitwan visit the hospital regularly for treatment. The Province 3 government recently introduced a bill to form an academy of health sciences with the proposal of upgrading Hetauda Hospital. The government has decided to further increase hospital’s capacity to 300 beds by allocating necessary budget.

There are altogether 30 doctors, including eight specialist doctors. In the last fiscal year, 9,500 patients were admitted in the hospital while 70,458 people received health care services in the Out-Patient Department, according to Paudel. The hospital provided emergency services to 21,139 people and maternity services to 2,984 during the year.

Published: 09-04-2019 08:03

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